Dumpit-Murillo v. CA, Associated Broadcasting Company (2007)

Dumpit-Murillo v. CA, Associated Broadcasting Company, G.R. No. 164652, June 8, 2007, Quisumbing, J.:

1. Background

• On October 2, 1995, under Talent Contract No. NT95-1805, [the Company – engaged in broadcasting] hired [the Complainant] as a newscaster and co-anchor for Balitang-Balita, an early evening news program. The contract was for a period of three months. It was renewed under Talent Contracts Nos. NT95-1915, NT96-3002, NT98-4984 and NT99-5649.5 In addition, [the Complainant’s] services were engaged for the program “Live on Five.” On September 30, 1999, after four years of repeated renewals, petitioner’s talent contract expired. Two weeks after the expiration of the last contract, [the Complainant] sent a letter to… [the] Vice President for News and Public Affairs of ABC, informing the latter that she was still interested in renewing her contract subject to a salary increase. Thereafter, petitioner stopped reporting for work. On November 5, 1999, she wrote… another letter…

• A month later, [the Complainant] sent a demand letter to ABC, demanding: (a) reinstatement to her former position; (b) payment of unpaid wages for services rendered from September 1 to October 20, 1999 and full backwages; (c) payment of 13th month pay, vacation/sick/service incentive leaves and other monetary benefits due to a regular employee starting March 31, 1996. ABC replied that a check covering [the Complainant’s] talent fees for September 16 to October 20, 1999 had been processe...

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